That will happen in quite a few places. I’ve heard of the local Denny’s doing it to people.
A lot of people use this as a tactic to skip out on their bill.
Regarding the Wal-Mart of cuisine, Dennys, sure, folks you might see on C.O.P.S., — well, I’ll buy that perhaps. There are a lot of scumbags out there wanting something for free and I can envision such a trick, particularly in this economy and this entitled Obama society. I just do not see it in a foreign tourist coming all the way to the US for a free meal...particularly first time here and all.
If they’re doing it to regulars, then they are pretty dumb, in my opinion. People don’t skip out on bills at restaurants that they frequent with regularity. What’s the point? They’ll just want you to pay the next time you are there.
Leaving a stolen i-phone as security, no doubt.
Same reason we can't have easy return policies in stores anymore. The more lowlifes in a society - the more people who lack a moral center or self discipline - the more rules, laws, and lack of tolerance are necessary to not be a chump.
When I was a kid the restaurant would have been safe letting the man go back to the hotel to get his wallet. In today crappy United States - filled with 'liberal values' few city people can allow someone to go back to the hotel...
It was a better country before liberals 'values' were pushed on us...